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Cultural Humility for Child Welfare Leaders

The purpose of this training is to engage participants in discussion and exercises aimed at integrating cultural intelligence, cultural humility and organizational leadership to better facilitate child & family safety, well-being and permanency planning.

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CRA: AFRICAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCE & WORLDVIEW

This training will provide participants with an experiential learning opportunity designed to raise awareness and cultural sensitivity to implicit biases and stereotypes that impact African Americans and their cultural worldview.

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INTRODUCTION TO THE CULTURAL RESPONSIVENESS ACADEMY (CRA)

The participants will get an overview of the CRA and the upcoming classes.

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Helping Staff Integrate Cultural Humility Into Practice

In the population served by child welfare institutions across the country, workers must identify various resources to assist clients in achieving their best outcomes which frequently requires workers to set aside their own personal goals, values and beliefs

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Having A Sexual Health Conversation With Youth In Care

This workshop proposes that to effectively reduce current rates of unplanned or unwanted pregnancy, HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and non-consensual or exploitative sexual circumstances among dependent youth in care requires thinking beyond traditional approaches.

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INTEGRATING CULTURAL HUMILITY INTO PRACTICE: UNDERSTANDING ITS FOUNDATION

This highly interactive workshop begins with a focus on participant self-awareness of his/her own identity and its strengths, challenges and resources and then moves to the application of this awareness in working with clients, youth, children, colleagues and other community partners, using a framework of building blocks for a healthy cultural identity.

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Best Practices to Support LGBTQ Youth

This course will explore the high degree of risk of abuse and neglect faced by gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender and questioning youth. Due to lack of information and visibility, this group of young people face physical, sexual and emotional abuse at home, school and in society at large.

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Fatherhood and Fathering: Disproportionality

In this course, trainees will learn about the impact of fathers being absent and engagement techniques that can be used by social workers with fathers. They will develop an awareness of and respect for men’s culture and recognize institutional and personal biases around fathers in CWS.

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Identity Development and Foster Care

In this course, trainees will identify key theoretical principles in identity formation during a child’s development and key areas of identity formation for adolescents and how foster care impacts identity formation.

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Integrating Cultural Humility into Practice: Focusing on LGBTQ Issues

This highly interactive workshop begins with a focus on participant self-awareness of his/her own identity and its strengths, challenges and resources and then moves to the application of this awareness in working with clients, youth, children, colleagues and other community partners, using a framework of building blocks for a healthy cultural identity.

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Life in the Cycle of Poverty

In this course, trainees will learn about the cycle of poverty, identify characteristics of the poor, examine fairness/equity issues of those caught in the cycle of poverty, discuss the challenges/barriers to escaping the cycle of poverty, and present techniques for delivering more fair and equitable services for better client outcomes.

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The Other Side of ICWA

The trainee will understand the long term impact of Historical Trauma and Cumulative Collective Trauma on the culture of Native American youth and families. The trainee will be able to describe elements of culturally sensitive communications and engagement techniques. Given a case scenarios, trainee will demonstrate the use of culturally sensitive communication and engagement techniques. The trainee will be aware of how their personal values and bias may affect communication and engagement efforts.

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Refugee Communities: Social and Practical Implication for Service Providers

Provide a definition and historical overview of internally displaced people (IDP’s) and refugees, learn about the refugee experience and the challenges refugees face in the U.S., learn about the various ethnic groups of refugees represented in the U.S., and learn practices of African and Middle Eastern cultures.

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Transgender Youth – an Overview of Medical and Mental Health Needs of Gender Non-Conforming Children and Adults

This workshop will review the basic elements of providing comprehensive care for transgender youth, including gender development, recognizing signs and symptoms of gender dypshoria, the impact of cis-gender normative environments on trans youth, mental health challenges commonly faced by trans youth, and the use of medications to facilitate gender transitions.

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Tribal STAR – The Gathering

Recognize the current range of services for Tribal foster youth, understand how Federal, State and local funding can determine outcome measures, understand that tribal youth are specifically include in the Chafee Act, and recognize the intent, purpose, and cultural components of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

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Tribal STAR – The Summit

Learn to model cross-cultural collaboration to foster a positive outcome for tribal youth, recognize how the theme of grief and loss emerges in Tribal culture, understand the distinction between collaboration, coordination, and cooperation, increase the awareness of specific strategies to increase cross-cultural collaboration, value and understand the importance of culturally centered communication by using the ancient format of a Talking Circle.

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Understanding Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgendered Youth

Gain insight into how abuse affects this population, develop a working knowledge of developmental stages of the “coming out” process, become familiar with treatment goals, issues, and needs of this population, identify and help provide safety to gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgendered youth.

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Working Across Differences

This course will address the interpersonal difficulties we sometimes encounter when working with others. The training highlights compassionate ways to understand the other and ourselves, and provides concrete skills for reaching across our differences to work successfully together. The course includes lecture, discussion and role-play as learning modalities.

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Working with the African American Father: The Forgotten Parent

Explore Child Welfare Services historical bias against fathers, explore the impact of absent African-American fathers, learn new ideas and trends about inclusion of fathers in CWS, and what has worked for fathers and fatherhood programs.

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